Homemade Korean BBQ doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need is a hot cooking surface, some meat, side dishes, and you’re ready to go! You don’t need an entire grill at home to get the job done. The beauty of making Korean BBQ at home is you can control the quality, portion size, personalization, marinade, and yield cost savings!
Korean BBQ can mean anything to anybody, whether you’re grilling pork, chicken, beef, seafood, or strictly vegetables. You’re free to mix and match as you please.
where to buy ingredients
Korean supermarkets, such as H Mart, would be ideal as a one-stop shop. However, you can find most of the ingredients at an everyday Asian supermarket, as most ingredients are interchangeable with hot pot. 99 Ranch has been stepping up their game. You can also opt to buy your own meat and slice it yourself.
You can choose between marinated and non-marinated meats. I prefer the non-marinated thin-cut beef because I have trust issues with how old the meat is. The flavor is made up through the dipping sauce. Honestly, all you need is a bit of salt and pepper.
You can buy or create your own banchan (appetizer) dishes. Here are some ideas to include with your Homemade Korean BBQ ventures:
- Seasoned Soybean Sprouts
- Seasoned Spinach
- Spicy Cucumber Salad
- Seasoned Bean Sprouts
- Wood Ear Mushrooms
- Spicy Radish Salad
- Radish Salad
- Korean Potato Salad
the korean bbq experience
If you have an indoor electric smokeless griddle, perfect! However, I still got the job done with a stone pan. You want to have a hot surface to achieve the perfect cook. The air fryer would be ideal for thicker cuts, such as short ribs.
You can serve cooked meats and condiments over rice, rice paper, marinated daikon, or even lettuce. Take your pick. When it comes to rice paper, you can buy a pack with the whole sheet and cut it into 2″x3″ rectangles. You can use the end trimmings for a basic rice noodle dish with soy sauce.
Korean BBQ dipping sauces don’t need to be complicated. I am a simple person who loves the sesame oil, salt, and pepper combo. If you want a bigger kick, you can add some doenjang and gochujang.
My favorite homemade Korean BBQ combo includes thinly sliced beef, a small sheet of rice paper, and a small slice of garlic, dipped in sesame oil.